“Music expresses the unseen qualities”: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer Knows Why its Soundtrack Trumps Over Rest of the Anime

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer Knows Why its Soundtrack Trumps Over Rest of the Anime
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the greatest anime to ever exist. The story of two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, has always found its place in the hearts of the anime fandom. The anime aired in 2009 and ended in 2010. Apart from its plot, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood also has a really good soundtrack.


After more than a decade, the original soundtrack of the anime will be released outside of Japan. The music composer of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Akira Senju, was interviewed since the soundtrack finally got global recognition. He told many things about his music, yet one thing has left the fans amazed and garnered more respect for him.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer’s View On Music

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Akira Senju, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood composer, gave an interview to Anime News Network in 2022 about the anime track getting released globally. After answering several questions, he was asked, since he has worked on different projects, what goes through his mind while composing for an anime, especially from the fantasy genre.


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Akira Senju answered, “I believe that music expresses the unseen qualities and emotions of a work. It is the lifeblood of the work, so to speak. For fantasy works, I try to use my imagination more and more to make them more realistic. I try to go beyond realism to express a fantasy world that has never existed before, using all different genres of music.”

Akira Senju

As a composer, he gets hold of his imagination and tries to give it a touch of realism. He feels that music contains emotions and invisible qualities that can shape an anime. Akira Senju’s words are like paradise itself. He puts his heart and soul into his works so that the listeners can enjoy it and feel comforted.


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More On Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Soundtrack

Akira Senju has used several methods to create the soundtrack for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. One of the interesting things in his arsenal is choral music. It can easily express every human emotion and extend it. Akira Senju believes that anime needs more time to do than live-actions because the latter has background music, while the former needs everything to be done from scratch.

Fullmetal Alchemist Ending
Fullmetal Alchemist Ending

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has 11 soundtracks in total. Before ending his interview, Akira Senju said that his experience with the anime was a rather pleasant one. It was more important than other versions. He asked the fans to shower love on the soundtrack just like they showed the anime.


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Source: Anime News Network

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